DJJ Security Breach Puts 100,000 Plus Young People and Employees At-Risk for Identity Theft

Image Courtesy of Flickr User FristleEarlier this month, Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) announced that the records of more than 100,000 young people and employees may have been compromised in a recent security breach.

On Jan. 2, the DJJ informed the Tallahassee Police Department that a mobile device containing sensitive information was stolen from a secured DJJ office. The device, although required by DJJ policy, was neither encrypted or password-protected, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The DJJ officially reported the security breach, to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on Jan. 11.

“This is an unacceptable lapse that could potentially expose youth and employees to identity theft,” DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters stated in a press release issued earlier this month. “We are working to determine who may be affected by the breach and make sure that all other devices with confidential information are properly protected.”

A similar security breach happened last September, when several computers containing sensitive DJJ information were stolen from an Orlando apartment complex. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the case is still under investigation, with a separate review of the incident undertaken by the DJJ.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Fristle.


Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.


Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.


We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Recent Comments




Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top